New York schools must notify parents ahead of lockdown drills, under newly amended rules

New York education officials are mandating that schools develop procedures to notify parents at least a week in advance of lockdown drills. The change is part of new regulations set to take effect in 2024-25 requiring that the drills be conducted in “a trauma-informed, developmentally and age-appropriate manner,” according to the amended rules adopted by the state’s […]

Before issuing school cellphone policy, Hochul and Banks seek more input

Top officials in the city and state are still gathering information on how to address cellphones in schools as they consider a possible ban. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday kicked off a statewide listening tour that will include discussions with administrators, educators, and others over the coming months to inform a policy proposal for […]

CUNY/UA Career Expo: Must-Attend Event for Job Seekers!

CUNY/UA Career Expo: Event for Job Seekers Release Date: July 1, 2024 Take the Next Step Towards Your Future Are you ready to start a fulfilling career as a teacher, paraprofessional, or a Parent coordinator? Don’t miss the Districts largest hiring event of the year-the CUNY/UA Hiring Fair on July 17 in NYC, New York. […]

NY is changing high school graduation requirements. Here’s what’s next in the multi-year effort.

Students will no longer be required to pass the state’s Regents exams to earn a high school diploma under a set of proposed actions New York Education officials outlined on Monday. Instead, they will have a menu of options to choose from to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in seven key areas: critical thinking, effective […]

Lax NYC school cell phone policies put burden on teachers, leave students confused

On its face, the cell phone policy at Forest Hills High School seems clear: Phones cannot be used in school and must be turned off during the day, unless a teacher allows them as part of a lesson. In practice, the picture is a lot more complicated. Some teachers create their own rules, from zero-tolerance […]

Job Posting: Motion Picture Technical High School

The newly established Motion Picture Technical High School (DBN: 30Q367), set to open in September 2024 in Northern Queens is seeking to fill new positions. Here is a link to the recent NYCDOE press release: NYCDOE Announcement. Motion Picture Technical High School is seeking dynamic, New York State Licensed High School Teachers for roles in 9th-grade ELA, […]

NYC schools could lose 400 nurses as federal relief funds expire

New York City public schools could lose hundreds of nurses next year, as the city faces the expiration of billions of dollars in one-time federal COVID relief funds. For years, many education programs have been propped up by the federal funds, including $65 million that supported roughly 400 contracted nurses, some of whom provide care […]

To meet class size mandate, NYC officials look to virtual learning

To reduce New York City’s class sizes under a new state mandate, Education Department officials floated one option to help principals comply: virtual learning. In a plan released this week outlining ways that schools could meet the law’s goals, the Education Department suggested that some students could “receive regular remote instruction, potentially reducing the overall […]